Commuting versus Staying at Home- a Fashion Student’s Perspective

By: Ebony Edwards

I have been a student at Stevenson University for the past 3 years, all of which I commuted. For me this was a difficult time as I was used to being chauffeured from point A to point B either by school bus or by my parents. I never had to deal with the difficulties that arose from taking public transportation. For the first time in my life, I was responsible for getting to and from school on my own. I learned the train schedule and the many stops and timed my commute perfectly to fit my needs. I woke up early in the morning and came home late at night, just so I could juggle these crazy hour/long commutes, and the heavy workload I was presented at school; yet I persevered. There were many days I found myself envious of the students who lived on campus. They could easily get to their classes in ten minutes and catch a quick shuttle; whereas I had to take two trains and two shuttles just to get to my first class. Then the coronavirus spread and suddenly we were all working from the comforts of our homes.

I no longer needed to commute to get to class. All I had to do was open my computer and my class came to me. At first this seemed great, like a dream come true. It was not long before I began to miss my commute. It sounds crazy, but it is true. I missed those few hours of quiet contemplation I had, and the brisk walks in the cold early morning air that I took. While the workload became more manageable, for which I greatly appreciated, I missed those moments during my commute when it was just me, my headphones, and my favorite music blasting through them. I suppose I could sit and weigh the pros and cons of both sides, but I will not waste the time. I am glad that I have made it this far and now that I am in my senior year, the end is finally in sight and my goal of earning my fashion design degree almost accomplished.